How much technology can be packed into a hardtail mountain bike? Quite a bit, as BMC reveals with their Teamelite. Combining maximum efficiency, minimum weight, and surprising compliance was generally a fight of “want three, pick two” – until now. BMC claims the 2019 BMC Teamelite 01 ONE hardtail is the world’s most technically-advanced hardtail mountain bike around, and we have little reason to doubt them.
The piece de resistance of the Teamelite is BMC’s Micro Travel Technology (MTT). With this new system, cross-country racers can ditch the common practice of manipulating tire pressure to gain more compliance for technical descents. MTT’s damping and additional frame compliance smoothes out the ride, letting riders apply more power to gain that elusive differentiator; speed.
Simply adding compliance to the rear end of the bike was not sufficient – but to do so without loss of drivetrain efficiency, torsional rigidity, or steering responsiveness was near rocket-science. The end results are icing on the cake; virtually no weight penalty and incredibly low maintenance. Micro-Travel Technology function is the result of the engineered performance of the chainstays and seatstays through complex carbon layups and the dual-guide, integrated XCell damper.
The 2019 BMC Teamelite 01 ONE features an 01 premium carbon frame and RockShox SID World Cup 100mm fork. 01 ONE features a SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, and Mavic Crossmax Pro Carbon 700c wheels. Vittoria Barzo TNT 29×2.1″ tires, Fizik Antares R5 saddle, and BMC carbon and alloy cockpit complete the package. Teamelite is available in five sizes (XS-XL).
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